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Chariot of the Sun

Shane Bunnag’s recently published book, Chariot of the Sun, touches on the nature of historical storytelling in Siam, following a family lineage through the ages from around 1570 until the present day. The story describes the fate of a prominent branch of the Bunnag clan, the descendants of Chuang Bunnag, who was Regent of Siam during the minority of King Rama V. Instead of a straightforward history, this work revels in the personal, anecdotal, and mythological. It is then about the transmission of stories within a family, and the charms of this approach.

This talk will introduce the story behind the creation of Chariot of the Sun, before going on to examine
the place of memory, oral tradition and folklore within history. The speaker, Shane Bunnag, intends to elaborate on various fables and ghost stories, for instance, to do with house building and sacred objects, while speculating about their possible meanings.

The talk is not intended as an academic tour, but more of a survey of selected stories, viewed from
an autobiographical vantage point.

About the speaker

Mr Shane Bunnag (1976. Cambridge, England) is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer. He grew up between England and Greece and is of Thai and Irish ancestry. Shane studied History at Edinburgh University. His video and photographic works are in the collection of the Jim Thompson Art Centre and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum. Shane is a National Geographic Explorer, and a documentary filmmaker whose work has been broadcast internationally. Chariot of the Sun is his first book.

To comply with social distancing rules, we must limit the total number of attendees. Please book your seat(s) in advance by emailing or phoning your booking to the Society


Thursday, 24 March 2022 at 19:00


Lecture room, 4/Floor, The Siam Society


Member and Students- Free of charge

Non-members- THB 200

For more information, please contact

Khun Pinthip at 02 661 6470-3 or e-mail


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